Preserving the Legacy
Bronzing the Statue
With the blessing of the original artists, the foundation seeks to preserve the sculpture of John Peters Humphrey as public art by replacing the wooden bench with stone and by having the wooden sculpture bronzed.
Simply put, John Peters Humphrey is showing his age. After over thirteen years of exposure to the elements, his wooden likeness is showing serious deterioration. This was to be expected as an art piece created out of wood, and over the years the Foundation at its own expense has had repairs and touch-ups done as needed. In later years, a winter cover was built for the most extreme weather and the original wooden laminated bench was covered. But there comes a point in time when that is not enough and when something more permanent must be done. That point has come.
Humphrey’s sculpture today Humphrey as bronze (rendering)
Throughout the year, the sculpture site is a draw for people to sit alongside the figure of Humphrey in quiet thought. The two, three-meter sandstone monoliths that form part of the site have articles of the declaration carved into it in English, French, and Mi’kmaq languages, and surrounding interpretive panels tell the story of Humphrey, his history, and his worldly accomplishments.
Visitors to our town seek out the site. John Peters Humphrey has been woven into our town’s tourism messaging and this public art piece has been a catalyst for other works of art in our town with human rights/environmental messaging. Young and old alike learn about what human rights are in a tangible way in our town and beyond. We want to preserve all of that and continue to build upon it.
Estimated Total Project Cost: $161,785
Phase 1 November 2020 to March 31, 2022 $24,103
Engineering consultations and drawings
Procurement of additional sandstone supports
Granite bench purchased and constructed
Repair/upgrade lighting at the site
Repair and update interpretive panels
Communication with the foundry and Artists throughout
Phase 2 April 1, 2022 to March 30, 2023 $137,683
Removal of the sculpture and existing bench
Required repairs to the sculpture prior to bronzing
Transportation of the sculpture to the selected foundry
Construction of the foundation for the new bench and sculpture
Bronzing at the foundry
Return and installation of the sculpture
Installation of a donor recognition panel
Donor Recognition Panel
Donation Amount Details
Friend $50 - $999 Name in alphabetical order
Supporter $1,000 - $4,999 Name in order of amount
Builder $5,000 - $19,999 Option for Logo or Name
Partner $20,000 - $49,000 Logo and Name prominently displayed
Legacy Leader $50,000+ Largest Logo and prominent Name placement on panel
Donations accepted through the Canada Helps website
Charitable number: #89512271RR0001